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Success! Destiny from Malawi raised $575 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Destiny
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$575
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Fully funded
Destiny's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2021.

Photo of Destiny post-operation

July 13, 2021

Destiny underwent hernia repair surgery.

Destiny was admitted to the hospital in June and and on the same day underwent the hernia repair surgery! The procedure lasted only 30 minutes and was successful. Destiny progressed very well after surgery and was discharged from the hospital the next day.

His mother is happy about the outcome of the procedure, as is hopeful that the swelling, pain, and crying that were being caused by the hernia will be a thing of the past. Destiny’s mother shared that she is particularly excited that her son will grow and mature normally to reach manhood. She expressed gratitude to the donors for the financial support to have his surgery done.

“The hernia had already impacted my son and as a mother, my greatest worry was that my son could grow up healthy. Now this surgery has given me confidence that my son will grow to be a normal man,” expressed Destiny’s mother as she carried a joyful Destiny on her lap.

Destiny was admitted to the hospital in June and and on the same day underwent the hernia repair surgery! The procedure lasted only 30 minut...

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June 8, 2021

Destiny is a two-year-old boy who likes playing and eating sweets 🍭. His mother works in a hair salon and rents a one-bedroom house for the two of them to live in.

When Destiny was three months old, his mother noticed a swelling in a sensitive area. They visited a government hospital and he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. He had surgery in December 2019 to repair the hernia, but a month after the surgery, unfortunately, the hernia recurred on the other side.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is now helping Destiny to receive treatment. On June 9th, Destiny will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Now, he needs help to fund this $575 procedure.

Destiny’s mother shared that she believes the surgery will significantly improve Destiny’s life and that the pain and discomfort will go away. She shared that she believes Destiny will be able to lead a normal life without episodes of pain and will be able to concentrate in school and have a bright future.

Destiny is a two-year-old boy who likes playing and eating sweets 🍭. His mother works in a hair salon and rents a one-bedroom house for the ...

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Destiny's Timeline

  • June 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Destiny was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Destiny received treatment at Partners in Hope Medical Center in Malawi. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • June 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Destiny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Destiny's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Destiny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $575 for Destiny's treatment
Hospital Fees
$122
Medical Staff
$251
Medication
$3
Supplies
$102
Labs
$19
Other
$78
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine protrudes through the lower abdominal wall, usually for one of two reasons. The first is a congenital abnormality in which the tissues did not close. The second is excessive stress in an adult, often due to heavy physical labor or pregnancy. Patients experience a bulge or lump in the affected area. The hernia may cause the patient to feel pain, discomfort, weakness, pressure, and sensations of heaviness or aching. These symptoms are often exacerbated when the patient coughs, bends over, or lifts heavy objects. In some cases, hernias have no symptoms and are only detected during routine medical exams.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients with uncomplicated hernias may experience only annoyance or discomfort. As the hernia opening expands, the discomfort will increase. Small openings are more likely to trap the intestine, potentially leading to intestinal damage or death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hernias are common in Africa. People often do very hard physical labor and lift heavy objects. Women tend to have more children than those in developed countries. It is possible that some hernias have infectious or genetic causes.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The surgery lasts for three to eight hours, depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the hernia. The patient will stay in the hospital anywhere from two days to eight weeks, again depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the hernia. The patient is continually monitored.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Treatment is curative. The chance of intestinal strangulation or bowel obstruction reduces significantly.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Hernia repair is not a high-risk procedure, and it comes with few side effects.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Many patients will ignore a hernia until it becomes uncomfortable and seek care at that time. Some people will wear supportive bands or clothing around the waist to prevent the intestine from protruding.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If the hernia is not “stuck,” patients tend to ignore it and adapt to living with it. However, this could lead to future complications.

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